Met Stars Live in Concert - Sonya Yoncheva in Germany

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 1:00pm

New York, NY 10001

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Sonya Yoncheva in Germany With Malcolm Martineau, Piano

This performance, originally scheduled for November 21 and previously postponed to November 28, has been rescheduled for February 27, as Ms. Yoncheva is still ill (with a non-COVID illness).

One of opera’s most compelling and thrilling stars showcases her riveting artistry in a special program transmitted live from the breathtaking Baroque library of the Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany. In this performance, audiences can expect some of the repertory’s most beloved soprano arias and the same star power Yoncheva has delivered in recent triumphs on the stage of the Met in Tosca, Otello, Iolanta, and Luisa Miller.

The Program

“Ritorna vincitor!”

From Verdi’s Aida

Song to the Moon

From Dvorák’s Rusalka 

“Donde lieta usci”

From Puccini’s La Bohème

 “Tacea la notte placida ... Di tale amor”

From Verdi’s Il Trovatore

“Se come voi piccina io fossi”

From Puccini’s Le Villi

“Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)

From Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

“Lascia ch’io pianga”

From Handel’s Rinaldo

“Un bel dì”

From Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

“Oh! s’io potessi dissipar le nubi”

From Bellini’s Il Pirata

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera)

From Bizet’s Carmen

“Hymne à l’amour”

By Marguerite Monnot and Édith Piaf

About the Artist

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, soprano Sonya Yoncheva is one of opera’s most versatile artists, with a repertoire that includes the title roles of Norma and Cherubini’s Médée, Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata, Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Élisabeth in Don Carlos, Stephana in Giordano’s Siberia, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. At the Met, she has thrilled audiences as Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto (the role of her celebrated 2013 debut), and the title roles of Iolanta, Luisa Miller, and Tosca. In recent seasons, she has appeared at Staatsoper Berlin, the Paris Opera, La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Covent Garden, and in Madrid, Budapest, and Montpellier, France. She is equally at home on the concert and recital stage, having performed to critical acclaim in several cities including Dresden, Baden-Baden, Verbier, and Prague.

Malcolm Martineau is one of the world’s greatest accompanists, appearing regularly throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia with many of the world’s leading singers and recording widely for the major record labels. He has presented his own series at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh Festival, and has appeared at Covent Garden, La Scala, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein,  Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Schubertiade, Munich, and Salzburg Festivals, among other prestigious venues. His recording projects include collaborations with Sir Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, Angela Gheorghiu, Barbara Bonney, Magdalena Kožená, Della Jones, Sarah Walker, Tom Krause, Florian Boesch, Dame Sarah Connolly, Christiane Karg, Dorothea Röschmann, and Sophie Bevan. He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004 and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. He served as artistic director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder Festival and was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.

Tickets for each concert are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 14 days. 

Each concert will run approximately 75 minutes

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